The gloves are on, but it’s hats off to these hearty havens of food

Whether you’re in town for the weekend or looking for a lazy weekday breakfast before your business lunch, London has an array of welcoming locales to while away the hours, however you have your eggs and cronuts. Here's are our top picks for brunch... 

Lantana

In a lane off Goodge Street, Lantana is an Aussie cafe serving its native flat white coffee, corn fritters, courgette bread, brioche French toast, Scottish smoked salmon and poached eggs: comfort brunch on classic, classy form. The place may be petite, but it counts an outdoor seating area if you can brave the chill. Brunch is served on weekends from 9am to 3.30pm. 
13 Charlotte Place, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1SN
020 7637 3347, 8am - 6pm

Ottolenghi

This group of restaurants and delis (there is also one in Notting Hill and another in Motcomb Street) has become a cast-iron favourite with its sharing tables and exotic cuisine, mixing a splash of Italy with North African creations sliced through with Greek dishes and Middle Eastern spice. Expect a subtle, healthy but filling meal:  renowned for its excellent breakfasts - voted "the finest in town" by The Observer Food Monthly, options include cinnamon French toast, Welsh rarebit and Shakshuka, a North African dish with eggs, peppers and tomatoes.
287 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 2TZ
020 7288 1454

The Modern Pantry

Overlooking St John's Square, this is a second venture for the Anna Hansen, formerly of Fergus Henderson at The French Dining House Room. The Modern Pantry has a ground floor cafe, first floor restaurant and a pantry (deli) under one roof, so you can sample an internationally-influenced three course menu, order birthday cake or take a sandwich away for lunch. The brunch menu is substantial and ranges from the standard eggs on toast to the more unusual spring onion, feta, polenta and curry leaf waffle.
47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ


Modern Pantry

Dean Street Townhouse

An utterly British establishment, from the Grade II-listed four-storey Georgian building to the Dining Room with its "nursery-food menu" the Dean Street Townhouse feels like it's been around for years, though it only opened in 2009. Their brunch menu including mince and potatoes, fish and chips with mushy peas and a range of punchy Bloody Marys. Recline in red leather banquettes in the main dining room, lounge in vintage armchairs or perch on high stools at the bar while taking in the impressive art collection.
69-71 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3SE

The Delauney

Taking inspiration from the grand cafes of Old Europe, The Delaunay’s green leather banquettes and elegant 1920's decor created go lavishly well with the indulgent all-day dining menu, ticking off Bircher muesli, steak frites, chicken soup, oysters and a wide selection of Wieners and Schnitzels. While the weekend brunch menu stretches from egg classics to lunch favourites. 
55 Aldwych, Holborn, London, WC2B 4BB


Delauney

Kopapa

Chopper is a Maori word for “a gathering, to be crowded, and a building to store food in”, all of which rings true here. Usually bustling no matter the day or hour, the specialty is generally agreed to be their Turkish eggs (poached with yoghurt, hot chilli butter and flatbread), served up from breakfast to dinner. Alongside salads, sandwiches and burgers, there’s a selection of large or small plates on the evening menu such as pan-fried sea bream with broccolini, rainbow chard, coconut coriander chutney and paprika crumbs. The menu changes monthly and the extensive wine list is accessorised by a creative cocktail set.
32-34 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HA 
020 72406076


Kopapa

Duck & Waffle

Brunch with a view: 40 floors up, at the top of Heron Tower, the Duck & Waffle overlooks the whole of London, meaning 24-hour dining has truly reached new heights.  Wild mushrooms, gruy√®re, truffles and soldiers - the menu is British comfort food, given a hip twist with the addition of sturdy gin and tonics, an all-day foie gras breakfast and, obviously, a duck and waffle dish (sweet waffles, a duck leg, fried egg and mustard maple syrup). 
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
020 3640 7310

Electric Diner

A championship breakfast of quinoa, avocado, spinach and poached eggs? The Diner is all about combinations of the best quality ingredients. Breakfast starts from 8am, with bakery goods, a dedicated eggs section on the menu, and sweet things including crumpets and muffins. The all-day menu starts at 12 noon and goes on until late at night (midnight Friday and Saturday, 10pm on Sunday) and the bar keeps serving to 1am Thursday to Saturday, in case you’re tempted, there’s booth and bar seating, and a specially chosen soundtrack played from the Diner’s reel-to-reel machine. Adjacent to one of the oldest cinemas in London and downstairs from the Electric House, in the heart of busy Portobello Market - the outside seating area is perfect for people watching, the inside is perfect for hiding from them. 
191 Portobello Rd London, Greater London W11 2ED
020 7908 9696

Shrimpy’s

Got a few hours to kill before your train? Just wandering around King’s Cross and looking for some food with your river view? Overlooked by Kings Place and the offices of The Guardian, next to the Regent's Canal, Shrimpy's has come up with a menu influenced from trips to California, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. That translates to a lobster, octopus and soft shell crab with sweetcorn chowder and salt cod croquettes for starters, veal or monkfish for mains and poached quince to finish. Even if you haven't been organised enough to book a table it's worth dropping in as the bar counter will always be available for drinks and walk-ins.
King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR
020 8880 6111

Montagu

With a new, “Italian-style” brunch on offer, the Montagu is tucked away behind Marble Arch station. There is style and it is Italian: endless Prosecco and spicy Bloody Marys are probably the key ingredient here. Plates of antipasti, cheese, cold cuts and salads, loaves of fresh bread and desserts will keep you full till tomorrow’s breakfast, provided you do it right.  
30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH. 020 7486 5800 

Caravan King’s Cross

One of the only brunch spots in the country to have an on-site coffee roastery, this explains why the central feature of this light-filled Grade-II listed ex-granary is the coffee bar. The menu includes a selection entirely ‘on toast’, a salt-beef bubble with eggs and hollandaise and all your typical brunch classics.
London N1C

Dishoom

Modern Indian cuisine with an eastern twist: the Full English becomes the Full Bombay with akuri (spicy scrambled eggs) on toast, bacon, sausages and vine tomatoes, and the fruit smoothie transforms into breakfast lassi, that cooling Indian yoghurt drink spruced up with mango, banana and oats.
London WC2H